In depth study programs



Foundation Program

These classes are designed for those who wish to follow the Buddhist path more systematically. The program provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings. Based on six of Geshe Kelsang‘s books, it combines study, meditation and group discussion. To receive more information about this study program, please contact the program coordinator at

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How to understand the mind

Sundays, 1:30-4:00 pm
with Kelsang Zopa

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.



The Teacher Training Program

These classes are aimed at students who aspire to teach the Dharma. In addition to completing the study of 13 texts, students are also required to observe certain commitments with regard to their way of life, participate in a number of meditation retreats per year, and attend teaching skills classes. To receive more information about this study program, please contact the program coordinator at

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Great Treasury of Merit

Monday, 7:00 — 9:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 — 10:00 am
with Kelsang Zopa

Through a full explanation of how to practise Offering to the Spiritual Guide, one of the most profound practices of Mahayana Buddhism, Great Treasury of Merit shows clearly how we can develop and deepen our relationship with our Spiritual Guide, the cornerstone of spiritual life. It also contains a great wealth of accessible and practical instructions on the practices of the stages of the path and training the mind, and the Tantric path to full enlightenment – the essence of Mahayana Buddhist practice, both Sutra and Tantra.

Contact us

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre
879 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6R6

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Through the kindness of our founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Modern Buddhism is a free downloadable e-book.

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